COVID-19

LSU

LSU reverses course, says it will disclose some coronavirus data

BY: - August 19, 2020

LSU administrators have changed their minds about publicly disclosing information about coronavirus cases on campus a few days after it was reported that the school was going to keep data about the virus in its population private. But the information that LSU will offer about COVID-19 cases among its 40,000 students and staff won’t be […]

LA election plan

After heated exchange, House committee approves emergency election plan

BY: - August 19, 2020

A state legislative committee on Wednesday approved Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan despite drawing criticism from the governor, many Louisiana residents and a Republican lawmaker for the voting barriers the plan creates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The House and Governmental Affairs Committee, comprised of mostly Republicans, passed the plan in a 8-6 […]

Plans to help Louisianians pay rent can’t keep up with the immense need

BY: - August 19, 2020

“Families for Families,” a new initiative launched by the city of New Orleans, HousingNOLA, New Corp and Hancock Whitney Bank is looking to raise money from individuals and corporate donors who are motivated to help struggling New Orleans families avoid eviction during the ongoing pandemic. Organizers hope to raise $6 million, which they say, will […]

K-12 schools — not the state — are deciding what parents know about COVID-19 outbreaks

BY: - August 19, 2020

Azadeh Yazdi, a Lafayette parent of a fifth-grade student, is frustrated with the protocols that the Lafayette Parish School System has put in place to report positive COVID-19 case. Yazdi said, as a whole, school officials have unfairly left parents out of the conversation about how schools should reopen. According to a re-opening plan that […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Courts may decide Louisiana’s election plan; COVID-19 numbers dip to recent low

BY: - August 19, 2020

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Edwards said he is refusing to sign Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s proposed emergency election plan, meaning Louisiana is heading to November without a viable plan for residents concerned about infection to vote during the pandemic. Also, for the second consecutive day, Louisiana’s daily COVID-19 case count was below […]

Governor Edwards wins in one federal court, takes the stand in another

BY: - August 18, 2020

LAFAYETTE — Gov. John Bel Edwards took the stand in a federal court hearing Monday to defend the restrictions on bars that he enacted in July to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier Monday, a federal judge in New Orleans ruled against a separate group of bar owners who, making an identical argument […]

Colleges explore innovative ways to reopen safely

BY: - August 17, 2020

As colleges and universities reopen for the fall semester, campus officials are implementing innovative ways to make sure students and faculty return safely. Some of those changes will be noticed as soon as students and their loved ones arrive. LSU and Loyola University New Orleans are two examples of colleges that are increasing the number of […]

LSU

Will a Louisiana university tell you how much coronavirus there is on campus? Maybe

BY: - August 17, 2020

Whether university students and staff know how widespread coronavirus is on their campuses is being left up to their school administrators. The state has offered no guidance about what the schools should disclose to the public regarding COVID-19 cases as campuses open up for fall classes.  That decision has been left up to the individual […]

FEMA makes Louisiana one of first states to get unemployment aid

BY: - August 17, 2020

According to an Saturday, Aug. 15 press release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved Louisiana to receive its portion of the $44 billion in aid that President Donald Trump has redirected to unemployment assistance. Gaynor has also approved Arizona, Iowa and New Mexico. The president announced four pandemic-related executive […]

Louisiana Capitol Building

Louisiana has sent out 69,000 ‘frontline worker’ payments

BY: - August 15, 2020

Louisiana has sent out $250 payments to 69,000 “frontline” workers since the middle of July. The state has spent $17 million of the $50 million the Louisiana Legislature set aside for this program, said Kimberly Robinson, the head of the state department of revenue.  The state only has enough money to assist about 200,000 workers. […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Three things you need to know about Louisiana’s COVID-19 outbreak this week

BY: - August 14, 2020

White people have surpassed Black people in number of COVID-19 deaths The number of white people dying from COVID-19 has surpassed Black victims. Louisiana has seen 2,081 people who are white die from the virus and 2,054 people who are Black die from the virus, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of Health. […]

COMMENTARY

DEBERRY: Did the ‘hardworking Louisianians’ that politicians praise up and decide to become less so?

BY: - August 13, 2020

You’d be hard pressed to find a politician who hasn’t described the people he or she represents as hardworking.  That modifier is such a part of the political lexicon that it’s rarely noticed.  It’s similar in that regard to the way that every governor claims to lead  “the great state of…whatever.” In political speech, everybody […]